Steve Perry Biography
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Name: Steve Perry
Born: January 22, 1949
Birthplace: Hanford, California
Mother: Mary Perry
Father: Raymond Perry
Siblings: Only Child
Steve Perry has had a very successful career. He has lead one of the most successful bands of the 70's, 80's, and 90's while continuing a prosperous solo career. Mr. Perry is best known for being the lead singer in the band Journey. He recorded 10 albums with Journey that sold more then 45 million copies. With this Steve also recorded two highly successful solo albums.
Perry, who originally played drums, was involved with several pre-Journey bands including The Nocturns, Dollar Bills, Sullies, Pieces, and Alien Project. The Sullies won the battle of the bands in Calaveris County, playing against 80 other bands. Alien Project was close to signing a record deal when their bass player was killed in an auto accident on July 4th. Steve almost gave up on music for good. Shortly after, though, he was contacted by Herbie Herbert, who said the band Journey listened to a demo tape and liked his singing style. None of Perry's former bands recorded any official material.
With Perry on vocals, Journey's style would change. Their fourth album, Infinity (1978), became their first successful album. They would go on to record nine more albums. Journey with Steve became one of the late 70's early 80's "Stadium Bands". That means they could fill any stadium in any town and that is just what they did. Steve, while still with Journey, also release a solo effort to rave reviews. The name of the record was "Street Talk". Perry also appeared on numerous soundtracks(with Journey) and on the record "We Are The World" by USA For Africa.
After recording Journey's 9th album "RAISED ON RADIO" Steve took time off from music to help take care of his ill mother. With Perry not there Journey disbanded. In 1994, Steve emerged from out of what seemed like no where to release his second solo album "For the Love Of Strange Medicine". On the record was a song entitled "Any Way" which was about the time apart from the band. After Perry came back it was only a matter of time before Journey was back. In 1996 Journey reformed to release their 10th and final album with Steve called "TRIAL BY FIRE". The band finally received their first Grammy nomination with the release of their reunion album. The song "When You Love A Woman" was nominated in the category for 'Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.'
In May 1998 Steve Perry announced that he was officially leaving Journey. The split came in the wake of a conversation between Perry and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain in which it was decided that, if Perry's health issues prohibited him from committing to a tour at that time, Cain and original Journey guitarist Neil Schon would reform the band with a new singer. Drummer Steve Smith also left Journey.
Perry has recently worked with David Foster and Carole Bayer-Sager in writing and recording "I Stand Alone," the principle track for the soundtrack to the animated feature film Quest For Camelot.
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the voice of a lifetime Steve Perry | Reviewer: faithfully a fan | 4/8/13
Steve from the first time I heard your voice I was hooked. I have listened to you for as long as I can remember. I even had "the hat and musical note necklace ". You were wallpaper in my room lol. I saw you live and it was amazing. You to this day may me feel your songs through your passion in your voicyo I thank you for being so passionate and loving music they way you do. God bless and hope for one more tour.
THE UNCOMPARABLE SINGER | Reviewer: Dada | 4/4/13
Hi... Steve .. I'm Dada from Philippines . I really love your songs and your voice really amazed me.Your songs and voice help me a lot in my daily routine.You inspired me a lot .I have your DVD's and I play it everyday.I wish you could perform and sing again. I love you so much Steve. Please go back on stage and sing with us once again. I love you and I missed your voice. Take care always and get well soon. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS...
A MI INOLVIDABLE GIA EN LOS 80' MI '' IDOLO'' | Reviewer: ALEX PLAZA | 4/2/13
NO EXISTE NADIE Q ME AGA SENTIR CON SU VOS DE LA FORMA EN Q' STEVE PERRY SU ENTREGA ES TOTAL EN CADA CANCION PONE EL AMA Y EL CORAZON, Y CUANDO ME SIENTO SOLO ,TRISTE O DEPRIMIDO CON SOLO ESCUCHAR SU VOS MI MUNDO VUELVE A LA NORMALIDAD,GRACIAS STEVE PERRY POR TODAS TUS CANCIONES LO UNICO Q' PUDO HACER LEVANTARME Y APLAUDIRTE POR LARGO TIEMPO,GRACIAS'''
Why? | Reviewer: Janet | 3/31/13
We've all lost great musicians because of airplane crashes, over-doses and suicide but Steve Perry we haven't lost. I'm happy that he is alive, healthy, happy and at peace; hopefully one day he'll start singing again and we can relive the wonderful memories of the songs of the 70's!
Erika | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/27/13
Steve perry,You have a phenomenal voice & I Did see you live in Orlando Florida in 1985 I think with reo speed wagon and a few others Ill
Never forget that day ,your a beautyfull person in everyway love you always!!
Signature | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/24/13
I have a credit card receipt and a vase receipt with Stephens signatures. How much do you feel they are worth? These are from 1991 when he stayed at a hotel in MA and had thrown them away. The vase was for his mother who has since passed away.
The Best of the ultimate Best | Reviewer: Chris | 3/17/13
Steve Perry has such an amazing voice, I sing his songs in my car,driving everywhere.when I'm sad his voice and words make me smile,they bring me back up.love that man, love that voice,Chris
You are greatly missed | Reviewer: Jennifer | 3/5/13
Steve if I may, I have listened to you since you first joined Journey back in 1977. Your voice and words got me through the darkest times of my life, the loss of my toddler son, the abusive realtionship with my now exhusband, being raped, and now with the declining health of m mom. You have brought peace and some sense of normalcy to a life that I'd rather withdraw from, but you give me hope.
Once in a Generation | Reviewer: Shaun Merrigan | 3/8/13
Only once in a generation are we privileged to hear a voice like Steve Perry. Listen, I mean really listen to the voice and the music. I won't Stop Believn' on this Journey, Faithfully.
Steve Perry | Reviewer: Kimberly Hayes | 2/25/13
If you have ever listened to Journey,as millions of us have,then you know that Steve has a talent beyond any other.His music can leave you mesmerized beyond beliefe.You can listen to his music,and always remember where you were when you heard that song for the very first time.When he co-wrote "When You Love A Woman" it`s as if he reached deep into his soul,pulled out everything that he know`s about love,and recorded the song with so much feeling that it will completely take your breath away when you hear it. Steve not only sing`s from his heart,he sing`s from the very pit of his soul,and that is the reason that million`s of us love him so dearly.He makes you feel as if he is standing right there in your living room,singing only to you.Since I know that I will never be fortunate enough to ever meet Steve face to face because I don't live in California,but I just pray that when it is my time to go through those beautiful pearly gate`s,that the good Lord,and Steve will be there waiting for me.
You will never know you what you to help me | Reviewer: Tammy | 12/27/12
I have been in awe of Steve Perry ever since he came out in Journey.I have never stopped listening to him. In August 2010 I had a massive stroke at 46 and they didn't think I was going to make it. When you come out of something like that you start to wonder what is important. Long story short...Don't Stop Believing is now my song that I live by! Then my husband running around on me and left me in Feb 2011 and I remember Steve telling a story about his women running around on him so I started listening to Lovin', Touchin' Squeezin'...No Lie!! I will never be what I used to be but it is so funny what get you thru. If I ever get to see him I would tell him that his music means so much to me!! He gave me the strength to walk and talk again, (even though it not like it used to be), but I am so thankful for that. I have never seen you in person but if you ever get to get to East Texas I will be there with bells on I promise even if I have to walk! I know you don't me but I am ever so grateful to you and I will always love you and you're music! You will never know what you did for me! Have a great New Years...God Bless : )
The best voice in music. | Reviewer: Trina | 12/25/12
I love Steve, its my dream just to shake his hand and thank him for all the music, he put out there for me to listen to.. There will never be a voice like his, or man that matches up to Steve Perry. I love you!
A great voice | Reviewer: Sabby Mohammad | 12/22/12
Im not good in english and for that i can only say few thing about Steve Perry! I loved his voice...the intense is always alive when ever i get listened to his songs! what a great voice he has...i wish him always the best...
I love this man | Reviewer: Sherry | 12/14/12
He consistently shows such class. I am still amazed when I watch his videos. He is generous, graceful and a true musician. Love, love, love his voice. I've never heard or seen anyone sing with such passion. He makes me smile everytime I watch and listen to his music. I can only pray he makes one more tour for all his faithful fans.
marvelous voice | Reviewer: damaris | 11/28/12
I've known about Journey since I lived in San Diego California for a year only, I was 11 yrs old and ti'll this day I still remember your songs, songs that will always be cherished always. Your voice is like no other voice. Even my daughter, she's 12 yrs old now loves your song, lol. I wish we could hear you sing again......my blessings to you and your family.
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